Where was Blade Runner 2049 filmed?

The sequel of Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi masterpiece arrives 35 years later. Greeted with strong reviews, Blade Runner 2049 feels like an extension of the original movie that featured stunning visual environments, a mind-blowing story and the unforgettable soundtrack from Vangelis.

Ryan Gosling plays Officer K, an android hunter known as a “blade runner”, and Harrison Ford returns to his role as Rick Deckard. After the acclaimed Arrival, Canadian film director Denis Villeneuve had the responsibility to bring this ambitious project to success.

Blade Runner 2049 was filmed basically in Budapest, although additional shooting also took place in Spain, Iceland, Mexico and Nevada in the United States. The Hungarian city provided world-class sound stages combined with beautiful Art Nouveau and Brutalist architecture. The film is set in a dystopian future of Los Angeles and Las Vegas, suffocated by a toxic climate. These are the spoiler-free filming locations of the movie:

Blade Runner 2049 filming locations
Most of the filming took place at Origo and Korda Studios in Budapest, as producer Roger Deakins wanted to control the light.
Image courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures

Blade Runner 2049 Filmed
The facade of this edifice, engulfed by a sandstorm in 2049 Las Vegas, was built in a set. The production tried to avoid using green screens and CGI as much as possible, filming on camera all the scenes that they could.
Image by courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures

Blade Runner 2049 City
The interiors of the vintage casino in Las Vegas were filmed in the old Budapest Stock Exchange Palace (also known as the MTV building) in Liberty Square in Budapest. Image by courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures and M3peti - Map

Blade Runner 2049 Location
Many locations are just studio sets. The crew built everything, including the cool Peugeot flying car with scissor doors.
Images by courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures

Where does Blade Runner 2049 takes place
Also like in the original Blade Runner, some sequences were made using crafted miniatures, made by Weta Workshop in New Zealand. By the way, LAPD stands for Los Angeles Police Department. Images by courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures

Where is Blade Runner 2049 set
You can only hang out in Bibi's bar in Blade Runner's cyberpunk version of LA (and also in Comic-Con 2017).
Images by courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures

Blade Runner 2049 where filmed
Do the amazing rooms of Wallace corporation exist somewhere? We will be updating this post about the filming locations of Blade Runner 2049 with new details, as more information is released. Images by courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures

Blade Runner 2 filming locations
The hall of Wallace's office was a design for the unbuilt Neanderthal Museum in Piloña, Spain by Estudio Barozzi Veiga. Concept Artist for Bladerunner 2049, Peter Popken, had permission from the architectural firm to use a version of this image in the film. Images by courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures and Estudio Barozzi Veiga

Blade Runner 2049 filming
Some aerial shots were filmed in Nevada (the Valley of Fire, the skyline of Las Vegas and maybe the solar power plants in the Mojave Desert near the border with California), Iceland (the cloudy black sand desert, flying over a rough sea), and the favelas (slums) in Mexico City. Images by courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures

Blade Runner filming locations
Also a small team was sent to Spain to film the sea of greenhouses in El Ejido (Almería), and the Gemasolar Power Station near Seville. Image by Pere Papasseit

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In an interview with LMGI, location manager Emma Pill commented that the snowy street where Ryan Gosling is walking down in the movie was set in a residential area of Budapest. Also the place where K meets the Replicant Freedom Movement, with concrete pyramids coming down from the ceiling, is an actual location. It is located in the basement of a massive, abandoned, building somewhere in the Hungarian capital city. Images by courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures

Blade Runner 2049 shooting locations
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For further information, go behind the scenes with The Art and Soul of Blade Runner 2049, the book that could answer our questions about this exceptional production. Also don't miss out on the superlative soundtrack by Hans Zimmer (Interstellar, The Lion King) and Benjamin Wallfisch (It, Dunkirk).

Do you know that there are eight different versions of Ridley Scott’s 1982 Blade Runner? The Final Cut, edited in 2007 is considered by many to be the definitive version of the original film:


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  1. I think the aerial images in the begging of the movie, the big greenhouses area it's the part filmed in Spain. A place called El Ejido, in Almería, famous for being visible from space.

    Calle Cicerón
    Calle Cicerón, 04715 El Ejido, Almería


  2. I think the aerial images of the solar power station at the beginning (just before the greenhouses) are from NOOR III solar power station near Ouarzazate Morocco.

    1. Thank you, though this may not be the power station seen in the movie.

  3. Edit to my previous post: in fact it's more likely to be the Gemasolar Power Plan near Seville Spain which is not very far from the greenhouses (250 km)

  4. I was curious, when did they beging actually filming 2049 ? 2015?

  5. The steel scrap yard might be the ship recycling operation in Alang, India. Link: https://www.google.com.pr/search?q=ship+breaking+alang&rlz=1C5CHFA_enPR737PR737&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjnjeHb24bXAhXG0SYKHVUrCDQQsAQINg&biw=1333&bih=755&dpr=2

  6. hi guys, Im in Budapest this week, trying to find this old Budapest Stock Exchange Palace building in Liberty Square, but i cant see it. Any help appreciated - is it around here?

    1. It's very easy Eddie, there's a link to the map below the caption of the palace, with the excat location: https://goo.gl/maps/Lq11VnF7grs

  7. That railing, towards the end of the movie: what building is it in?


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